The Irish Country House

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The Irish Country House

By Desmond Fitzgerald; James Peill; James Fennell (Photographer)

Vendome Press, Hardcover, 9780865652828, 185pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2012


A land of legend and lore, Ireland is also home to some of the most breathtaking residences in the world, 10 of which are explored in this charming book. Take a once-in-a-lifetime tour through these historical homes and castles—all still owned and lived in by the original families—furnished with heirlooms and cherished hand-me-downs. From cabinets filled with monogrammed china to cabbage-rose slipcovered sofas nestled beneath tall Gothic windows, the lavish living rooms and bedrooms, print-lined hallways, and well-used mudrooms capture the distinctive personalities of their owners.

About the Author
<div><div><b>Desmond John Otho FitzGerald</b> was born in Nairobi on 1 February 1917 and died in Nairobi Hospital on 12 September 2002. After leaving school in England July 1935 he joined the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. He went on to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and graduated with a BA in Civil Engineering in 1939. He served with the Royal Engineers throughout the Second World War, earning a DSO for bravery during a battle at Weiteran in Belgium. Desmond retired from the army in 1956 and became a partner in a firm of consulting engineers in Kenya. He worked on numerous civil engineering projects in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Lesotho and as far afield as Antigua. He became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 1986 and worked as an arbitrator and expert witness until his death in 2002.<br></div></div>

James Fennel'sprevious books includeVanishing Ireland andThe Irish Pub.He is one of Ireland's leading photographers, and his work has been featured in Vogue Living, House & Garden, The Financial Times, and The Irish Times.